TCVA hosts Fall Exhibition Celebration Sept. 2

Article Published: Sep. 1, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
TCVA hosts Fall Exhibition Celebration Sept. 2

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is bringing in the fall season with its Fall Exhibition Celebration on Friday, Sept. 2, as part of Downtown Boone's First Friday Art Crawl.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to come and celebrate the current exhibitions on display, meet some of the artists, listen to live music by John T. Woodall and enjoy a refreshing beverage from the cash bar. A special "donors only" preview will be held prior to the reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on Sept. 2 are Van Lyle's "Sanctuary," John Scarlata's "Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works" and R. Martin Stamat's "Northmost."

"Sanctuary" is in the center's Mayer Gallery, and "Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works" will be featured in Galleries A and B in the West Wing. Both exhibitions will be on display until Jan. 21, 2012.

"Northmost" will be displayed in the Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing, until Oct. 29, while the "Halpert Biennial '11" in the Main Gallery, East Wing, and "Selections: Works from the Turchin Center Permanent Collection" in the Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing, will continue to be on display through December 3, 2011.

Val Lyle's current traveling exhibition, "Sanctuary," continues her exploration of what it means to be a human being in Appalachia. This installation will be in its eighth incarnation of the exhibition, and Lyle will create a major new work designed specifically for the environment in which the work is displayed.

Lyle received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, with emphasis on sculpture and printmaking, and her MFA from East Tennessee State University, with emphasis on ceramic sculpture. A portion of this project was funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Organized by the family, friends and colleagues of beloved Appalachian State University photography professor John Scarlata (1949-2010), "Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works" will feature works by the Southern photographer who designed this exhibition in partnership with The Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University in early 2010.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Scarlata studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography and received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. He held teaching positions at UNC-Charlotte, Penland School of Crafts and Virginia Intermont College and served as chairman of the photography program in the technology department at Appalachian.

Martin Stamat's work in "Northmost" concentrates on the role of nature, microcosms and found objects that took hold of his imagination as a child that would otherwise go unnoticed. The subjects present in Stamat's work span from textures and found objects to cultures and civic concepts. A native of the piedmont area of North Carolina, Stamat studied sculpture, photography and anthropology at the Australian National University, the University of New Mexico at Taos and Appalachian State University. He currently lives and works in Boone.

More information on continuing exhibitions can be found at

The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

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